It is estimated that around £3 million every year is paid to police officers by way of police force compensation. The amounts paid in compensation vary from case to case, ranging from smaller amounts through to a six-figure sum in one case. The latter amounted to £138,000 for injuries an officer sustained while breaking a door down to gain entry to a property. Smaller claims include £2,600 paid to an officer who was injured while riding a bicycle that was not fit to be used. Another officer bitten by a dog while taking part in a training exercise received £2,750. A payment of £62,000 was received by an officer who was injured when he stepped into a pothole.
Of course the basic figures and details of the reasons why they were paid out do not give the complete picture. In some cases the injuries were severe and resulted in the police officer being unable to work. This can lead to severe impacts on the health and wellbeing of the officer concerned. Some officers are seriously injured on the job, and some injuries result in a reduced capacity to do their job.
Should police officers be entitled to compensation payments?
It depends on the nature of the injuries incurred. Every injury or mental health problem should be dealt with on its own terms. Police officers know they have a dangerous job and are properly trained to deal with all kinds of situations. However there are instances in which police force compensation is determined to be rightfully required. Professional injury compensation lawyers are on hand to assess each case individually, to ensure the right outcome is achieved. If you are a police officer the best thing you can do is to seek help as soon as possible after an accident or incident.
Contact the friendly team at Accident Advice Helpline now – we’re here to help
If you are a police officer and you have suffered an injury at work you believe could have been prevented, contact Accident Advice Helpline now. Take our 30-second online test to determine the facts and see whether the injury you suffered within the last three years could warrant compensation. Our 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – is here and provided free of charge, so get in touch now to find out more. We’ll be glad to help and provide no-obligation advice.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown